CROSS HIGHWAY PROJECT
Clutter never really bothers this client, but it does her husband. So, as a surprise to him, she hired me for the weekend to take care of some special projects. One of them was the entryway.
We purged the area of extraneous items and decided that a stylish cabinet to store boots and bags would be just the thing, making them easy to excess and eliminate the visual clutter. It better fills the space and is an anchor for the entry.
A big basket for each child holds bookbags and coats, containing the mess that occurs when the kids come home and they start shedding their stuff.
The client had moved in 13 years ago, and the closet had been in the same disarray since. The state of her house was contributing to her stress, and starting in the closet was manageable. Our goal was to make the closet feel like an oasis: tuck everything into drawers, rainbow-coordinate the clothes, and I pulled some of her crystals in for a soothing effect. Difficulties came when we uncovered the clothes from her past, but she realized that the past is behind her and her time is NOW. She loves how her closet feels.
MASTER CLOSET PROJECT
declutter, organize closet
This gentleman's closet project was all about editing, and making it look like a retail store. Hangers were changed out, and I got to do my favorite thing in a closet: FOLD. Must get the perfect fold!
SILICON VALLEY PROJECT
declutter, systems,whole home organizing
This client kept the clutter tucked neatly into cabinets and closets. One of my favorite projects, I purged and organized by myself, with regular input and check-ins from the client. Pictured are his & hers master closets: His was already well-organized. There was some reasoning to her closet, but I organized it so that she can get dressed in the morning in one 360-degree turn. The master bathroom was de-cluttered and organized so that most-used items were reachable. I solved a lighting issue by sticking some clickable lights under the shelf so that she could riffle through makeup bins without needing to pull them out.
pantry and storage
This family's kitchen needed some re-arrangement for better flow, and to give the school-aged kids some more independence. Part of that was to make the kid stuff (cereals, snacks, cups, & plates) at kid height. Bins and clear labels make it a no-brainer for the kids to help themselves.
As a family that frequently entertains, they had an abundance of party items. We decluttered these, and created easy systems with clear labels so that anyone who is setting up and breaking down can put everything back where it belongs.
unpacking, home styling & organizing
My adventurous client had closed up life in California and moved her life for a new start in sunny Mexico! Challenged by the unpacking and setting up a new house by herself, she let everything sit for several months. Finally, she called me and asked me come down to Mexico and help her to establish her new home. Of course I said yes! We unpacked what was left in boxes (lots of hard-to-go-through memories), set up the kitchen to flow smoothly, selected some paint colors, and set up several rooms. My favorite is this one, the living room. When she saw the final product, she exclaimed, "This room feels like an expression of my soul!" It was music to my ears and heart.
HOME OFFICE & CLOSET
editing & organizing
This client runs two businesses and a family. She is always put together and on top of everything, but her office (which she shares with her husband) was reflecting the constant stress she was feeling from her businesses.
Her closet said the same: it was stressful getting ready in the morning, every morning, because she couldn't find anything.
We edited her wardrobe to what was current and fit her lifestyle, decluttered the office so that only items supporting her businesses were present, and then I beautified. Six months on, the client is maintaining our systems beautifully!
PORTOLA VALLEY PROJECT
declutter, organize, convert space
I was called in to help redefine spaces and give them purpose. The entryway was a messy pile of shoes and sports equipment. To organize it, each family member got their own bag and 2 shelves for shoes; sports equipment got a catch-all. The office & living room had been taken over by an extensive baseball card collection. We found storage in the living room for the cards, created a desk solely for baseball work, and reclaimed the office. The TV room was a catch-all for large storage items, and the owner was longing for a place to create her art. We cleaned it out and converted a large corner into her artist's nook. She was delighted with the results and is still painting there!
SAN FRAN PROJECT
declutter, closet organization, systems
This ground-floor apartment was long, and small on space. Areas had to serve many functions. One blessing of the apartment was the massive entry closet. The client had organized it before, but it had gotten cluttered and she wanted better systems for it. Bridget to the rescue! In the entry closet, we purged by category and then established clearly-defined spaces to hold outdoor gear, coats, office supplies, art supplies, etc.The main objective was to declutter. We purged the master closet of items she no longer loved and set up the closet so that her most-used items are easiest to access. The client loved opening her closet to see all her favorite colorful clothes just waiting to be worn.